Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
I had a fall yesterday and hurt my side.
I don't quite know how it happened. I was standing in our spare room / study tidying up a bit when I somehow lost my balance and fell against the front corner of the wardrobe. I took most of the impact on my lower left side. I think my left side (which is my weaker side since my stroke) didn't keep up with my brain! Even though I was stood quite close I hit the wardrobe with enough force to break the door off its hinge. Fortunately my wife was at home at the time and was able to help me to my feet.
I was quite shaken by the fall but didn't feel I was too badly injured apart from a bruised side. As I am only 5 weeks post-op, Aileen persuaded my that I should get myself checked out at the hospital in case I had damaged my sternum or had an internal bleed as I am on Warfarin.
Aileen drove me to the Emergency Department where I was thoroughly checked out and had a chest X-Ray. (this whole process took about 3 hours!) Fortunately, it seems that I had not done any substantial damage.
This whole episode really brought home to me how vulnerable we all are in the early weeks of recovery and, although I thought I was being careful, how a moments inattention can have nasty consequences. I am probably more at risk than most because of my stroke and because my whole body was chilled to such an extent in surgery, the part of my brain that was damaged by the stroke has not yet fully recovered, so it's almost like I had another stroke.
Anyway, it seems like I am OK apart from a slight dent in my side and a big dent in my confidence.
Time to pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again!
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